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Travel guide, packing tips, and Friday arrival

Written by on September 8, 2010 at 6:53 am

Every walker and crew member should have received in the mail this year's Travel & Information Guide. This document contains directions, schedules, packing lists, and safety tips for the MS Challenge Walk weekend. You can also find it online and in color for easy reference.

One of our bloggers has her own recommended packing list which includes all-weather gear. We're hoping that Hurricane Earl ruining our Labor Day weekend will mean beautiful weather the following — rain two weekends in a row just wouldn't be fair! But the MS Challenge Walk was held in a hurricane in 2008, and we got some rain in 2009 as well. So remember when packing to prepare for rain, just in case!

Once you're packed and ready to hit the Cape, what's next? Our schedule this year is a bit different from usual. You'll be driving to Kalmus Park Beach in Barnstable Town as always. From there, buses are running every hour on the hour 3–8 PM on Friday to take you to the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, where you're invited to join us for the Friday night pre-walk party. (This is in place of our annual social at the Cape Codder hotel.) On Saturday, you'll walk out and back to the camps, and on Sunday, you'll walk to the Wixon Middle School in South Dennis, where you'll enjoy a barbecue before being shuttled back to Hyannis for the finish line parade. After the closing ceremonies, you'll take one last bus a mile back to your car at Kalmus.

If you need to drive directly to the Cape Cod Sea Camps, limited parking is available, but you will then need to take a longer shuttle ride back to the Camps to collect your car on Sunday, which also results in a longer ride home afterward.

Any last-minute questions or concerns? Let us know, and we'll get you the info you need to make this weekend a success!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

On with the show, this is it!

Written by on September 11, 2009 at 7:00 am

OMG — what are you doing, reading the Challenge Blog, today of all days?? You've been training and fundraising for months, and now you're missing the big event? Hang up the iPhone and enjoy the occasion! Here's the weekend's schedule:

FRIDAY
7:00 AM Check-In Opens in Hyannis
8:00 AM Opening Ceremonies/Safety Meeting/Warm-Up
8:30 AM Walk begins!
1:00-7:00 PM Massage Therapy available
2:00-4:00 PM Snacks and music at camp
5:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:00-7:30 PM Day 1 Slide Show
7:30-8:30 PM Evening Program
SATURDAY
5:30-7:30 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM Warm-Up/Stretching/Route Opens
8:30 AM All walkers must be on the route
1:00-7:00 PM Massage Therapy available
2:00-4:00 PM Snacks and music at camp
5:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:00-7:30 PM Day 2 Slide Show
7:30-8:30 PM Evening Program
SUNDAY
5:30-7:30 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM Warm-Up/Stretching/Route Opens
8:30 AM All walkers must be on the route
9:00 AM-Noon Massage Therapy available
11:30 AM-12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Pre-Finish Load Buses
1:30 PM Final Walk to Finish Line

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Training schedules for the long road ahead

Written by on May 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

Yup, it is definitely that time of year: when the weather starts to turn beautiful and I begin to get out and walk. It is always such a moment of reality at this time of year when I begin to train for the Challenge Walk. I walked about 3 miles yesterday and can't image building up enough endurance to be able to walk 20 miles in one day by September. It helps me remember that there is a lot of work ahead of you.

But believe me, it is amazing how quickly your body will respond to training and conditioning. The best way to be ready for September is to slowly work your way there. There are some great training schedules; for example, if you start now, you can build your strength slowly with the 18-week training program. (There's also a 12-week training program on page 17 of the training manual)

You can do it! So get on out there, and let me know how the training goes!

Caroline is getting ready to walk her fifth MS Challenge Walk. This is also the anniversary of when she was herself diagnosed with MS. Her walking team is Kranny's Cruisin' Divas. Caroline spoke at last year's last year's August Celebration and is a member of the walk's steering committee.